The Forever War has ratings and reviews. Will said: This is a bleeding, personal image of real-world horror. Filkins dots his canvas largely in. National BestsellerOne of the Best Books of the Year:New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and Time An instant. Review: The Forever War by Dexter FilkinsThe drama and urgency of Dexter Filkins’ writing is superb, says Peter Beaumont.

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On the other hand, anyone espousing the more simple-minded pacifism of the purblind left is bound to be equally troubled by Filkin’s reporting.

It folded in so nicely with the rapture and the end of forwver. In so many ways those who produced this hell are no different than their counterparts in Taliban. And maybe, just maybe, the supposedly humane middle ground where many of us huddle nervously is not a viable option, either. Out of nowhere, the leader of that other group filkons along and sits down at the next table.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. When he’s interviewing a 19 year-old American soldier from Pearland, Texas, the pages fill with the soldier’s optimism, hope and unquestioning obedience to his superiors, not Filkin’s east-coast, Harvard educated sensibilities.

Filkins illustrates how it is beyond the comprehension of most Americans how the Iraqis can accept foreber aid and money on one hand and then hate, betray and murder them on the other.

He was in the middle filkihs everything. If you are in Iraq, if you are in Afghanistan, everything is ambiguous. He doesn’t moralize, judge or pontificate; he bears witness to what he has seen and allows the reader to judge for himself. Topics Politics books The Observer.

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It would corever very hard for either side to use this story in their propaganda. It was like we had pried the doors off and found all these people clutching themselves and froever their heads in the corners and sitting in their own filth. Instead, like a meaningful piece of art, he captures what war is – past, present and future: This one is ours. A new culture has been imposed on us.

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He covered the aftermath of 11 September and has reported as extensively as anyone from both Afghanistan and Iraq. This is a bleeding, personal image of real-world horror. My only complaint is that the story ends before more current events, such as the Surge, take place.

This not only gives us a thousand images for each word to invert the usual sayingbut allows us the benefit of our own interpretations. His descriptions and his multiple angles reminded me how the show “The Wire” works. On top of that, there is the issue of bias. A dog in space.

This amnesia should be surprising. Oct 20, Justin Pahl rated it it was amazing. May 12, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: Filkins confronts the absurdity of war head-on. Eexter 22, Jess Van Dyne-Evans rated it it was amazing. One of the old ones, from the nineteenth century, where people were dumped and forgotten.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? And Dexter Filkins documented all of dextfr. Sometimes, when readers from America sent me e-mails expressing anger at the Iraqis—why are they so ungrateful? Jan 22, Max rated it it was amazing Shelves: For that reason – and also because it was just a really absorbing narrative, Filkins knows how to spin a good yarn, and there are many genuinely moving and heart-breaking stories in this book – I wound eexter feeling like this was actually an ideal place to begin my studies of a very complex region.


There he finds a barber, knee deep in beard clippings, shaving all the men who have switched sides. View all comments. Filkins is the only American journalist to have reported on all these events, and his experiences are conveyed in a riveting narrative filled with unforgettable characters and astonishing scenes.

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This is a page-turner, and one of the most astounding books yet written about the war in Iraq. Sep 22, Steve Horton rated it it was amazing Shelves: He humanises the participants – not always to their advantage – and personalises the war’s impact. In war, people find themselves in extraordinary circumstances, and in those circumstances they act in extraordinary ways. Get to Know Us.